First Rate Plumbing Heating and Cooling Inc Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

How That New Installation Went Wrong

Monday, September 20th, 2021

Why don’t you take a seat and grab that freshly brewed coffee? We need to talk about something that can be difficult to hear. Don’t worry, we’re not going to be a Debby Downer and start harping on what should have happened or what could have happened, instead, we’re solely interested in where to go from here. We’re remaining optimistic that homeowners can still make great decisions for their comfort even if they’ve come up against a serious problem.

We’re going to talk about botched installations. You might be absolutely frustrated with your neighbor’s attempt to provide air conditioning installation in Albuquerque, NM on your property. Or you’re just a little annoyed with the problems that have come from your family friend who tried to set you up with a nice AC.

Regardless of how you feel or where you are, let’s look towards the future. Today, we’ll discuss what exactly went wrong on that installation, and why professional service really is worth the price tag.

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What’s That Sound?

Monday, September 6th, 2021

If you’re up in the middle of the night searching for the cause of a strange noise, then you might find some insight in this blog. Wait for a few minutes after shutting your air conditioner down. If the noise is gone then it’s likely you’ve got a malfunctioning air conditioner.

The good news is that your home is not being invaded by malicious ghosts that wish to do you harm and fling your furniture around. However, the bad news is that you’re going to need air conditioning repair in Rio Rancho, NM. Depending on the noise and the situation you’re in, that could be anything from a small fix to a large repair need that costs a lot of money.

Either way, we’re here to help! Let’s talk about the different types of noises an air conditioner can make and what these sounds signify.

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Our New AC Installation Guide

Friday, August 20th, 2021

Getting a new AC installed can be quite the ordeal! First, you need to contact the right team of professionals to get the job done. Second, you should probably decide whether you want a heat pump or a central air conditioner. Third, you need to choose a budget and pick the model of air conditioner you want from that budget. This list goes on and on, and we’ve decided to help homeowners today by giving them a proper guide on selecting a new air conditioner.

If it feels overwhelming, or if you can tell the anxiety is starting to bubble up, then we’re also here to tell you not to worry. Our team can help anyone, no matter what step they are in the process of buying a new unit. It doesn’t matter if you’re an amateur or a veteran when it comes to air conditioning in Rio Rancho, we have your back.

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Don’t Ignore These Signs of a Troubled AC

Monday, August 9th, 2021

It’s hot out and your air conditioner is running day and night to keep you cool. This is the story for not just Americans, but for our area in specific, as we see record-breaking temperatures, heatwaves, and other weather phenomena that cause us to rely on these systems. That’s okay! It’s what they’re built for.

However, an air conditioner is not built to sustain damage and keep running at peak performance. Just like any other piece of equipment—a car, a computer, or a television—an air conditioner requires repairs when it runs into trouble. We just see homeowners confused and wondering what to look for when this happens!

Well, if any of the following points sound like they’re describing your situation, then it’s a good idea to call us for air conditioning repair in Albuquerque, NM. Don’t worry, we won’t fix anything that’s not broken, so you’re safe calling us even when you’re unsure.

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Is Your AC Struggling to Shut Off?

Monday, July 26th, 2021

It’s hot here in New Mexico, which might make you think that your air conditioner is supposed to be running all day. While we use our AC systems as much as physically possible, they’re not actually supposed to keep running indefinitely until you switch them off. This is actually a very bad sign, and it will likely lead you down the path of an early system replacement.

Let’s think about this for a moment. If you’re invested in the quality and longevity of your AC, and you’d like to avoid air conditioning repairs in Albuquerque, NM, then you should want to run your system optimally. This means that your air conditioner should run for a normal amount of time, not too long, and not too short.

Let’s discuss why an air conditioner might struggle to turn off, and we’ll even tell you how long an air conditioner should run if it’s performing optimally.

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Why Choose an Evaporative Cooler?

Monday, June 28th, 2021

You might have heard the term “evaporative cooler” once or twice at the last friendly barbeque. Or, you might be an expert and you’re looking for some interesting facts about these unique systems. Regardless of where you come from, we want to talk about evaporative coolers because they’re such a powerful and unique piece of equipment that not enough homeowners take advantage of.

  • Are you looking for a unique, affordable, and efficient cooling system for your home? Check.
  • Are you looking for a powerful AC system that’s designed specifically for our climate? Check.
  • Do you want to learn more and explore your air conditioning options? Check.

If you’re nodding your head as you read through these points, then you’re in the right place. Let’s talk about what it takes to own a system like this, what evaporative cooler repair in Albuquerque, NM entails, and why you might consider calling us.

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What Does the R-22 Phase Out Mean for You?

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

Back in 2020, we talked a lot about the January phase-out of R-22. This was huge, because there were still so many air conditioners in our area and the rest of the United States that used Freon as the primary refrigerant. Sure, no manufacturers were making new systems, but plenty of innocent, unsuspecting homeowners were running into incredibly expensive repairs because of this problem.

So, we understand that 2020 and the first half of 2021 haven’t been even close to normal, but we think it’s time to return to that topic. If you’ve been looking at an air conditioning installation in Albuquerque, NM, or if you’re exploring options for AC repair, and you notice the term “R-410A” refrigerant, or the colloquial term “Puron,” then please keep reading!

We’ll discuss Freon, Puron, and what the January 2020 phase-out means for you and your family. Don’t worry, as long as you’ve got our number, you’ve got a trustworthy professional who can help.

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3 Common AC Problems

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

There are two types of homeowners that we encounter. The first is the kind that’s going to call us first no matter how severe the problem is with their air conditioner. We always value these kinds of customers because it shows that you trust us, and it reminds us to always put our best foot forward and give you accurate information that will save you money.

The second type of homeowner we encounter is the kind that’s only going to call our team for air conditioning repair in Albuquerque, NM when they have to. After days, weeks, or months of a strange noise or poor performance, they’ll finally (and begrudgingly) call us for help. Well, for all of you out there that would rather ignore the problem—this blog post is for you!

Take a look at some common AC problems we regularly fix, and let’s discuss why they can be a huge problem when left alone.

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Swamp Coolers: Converting to Refrigerated Air

Monday, April 5th, 2021

Not all cooling systems are the same. Depending on where you live, different air conditioners will provide different results that can impact comfort, your budget, your indoor air quality, and your energy efficiency. That’s why today we’d like to focus on an underdog in the HVAC industry, the evaporative cooler (also known as the swamp cooler).

Swamp coolers in Albuquerque, NM are unique in the fact that they can cool your home at a hyper-efficient rate without the use of refrigerant. These systems rely on cool moisture, which can have a big impact in environments that are dry and hot.

Keep reading as we get into the details of how swamp coolers work, why they’re so great in our area, and how one could benefit your home. We don’t talk about technology that we don’t absolutely recommend for homeowners, so it’s time you understood why we recommend these systems.

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Contactor Trouble? A Guide to Electrical AC Repair

Monday, September 7th, 2020

What exactly is a contactor? That’s a good question, and something we hope to answer in this blog post. However, just answering your miscellaneous electrical questions won’t get at the heart of what we’re trying to do. We want you to be ready for electrical malfunctions with a handy guide at your side.

Contactors are responsible for turning the air conditioner on and off. The “clicking” noise you hear when the system first starts up is the contactor signaling the system to either start or stop. While these electrical components are pretty reliable, they do break down from time to time and it’s up to us to repair them and get them back up and running.

Have more questions about the electrical components of your air conditioner? We thought you would! Keep reading for more information and don’t forget to call our helpful pros for AC repair in Albuquerque, NM.

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